Oklahoma State Cowboys survive against Baylor Bears in Big 12 basketball tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Phil Forte hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and No. 14 Oklahoma State survived after blowing a 20-point lead to beat Pierre Jackson and Baylor 74-72 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

Marcus Smart scored 21 points and LeBryan Nash had 14 for the Cowboys (24-7), who built a big first-half lead and then watched it all disappear as the Bears (18-14) desperately fought back.

Jackson, who finished with 31 points, got a good look at a potential winning 3-pointer after Forte's two free throws.

Racing up the sideline, he pulled up from the wing and let go a shot that clanked off the back iron as the backboard lit up to signal the end of the game.

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The Cowboys advanced to play No. 11 Kansas State in the semifinals, a rematch of a game won by Oklahoma State last Saturday.

The Wildcats routed Texas in their quarterfinal game.

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